Smarther News Quick Quotes for Tuesday, October 2

October 2, 2018
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“I truly want to dedicate this to the men … who served with me out there. Without them, this medal wouldn’t have been possible, it’s truly a team effort.”

Medal of Honor recipient Ronald J. Shurer, an Army medic serving in Afghanistan in 2008 who ran into fire to treat teammates & take the fight to the enemy; no one died. Shurer now serves in the secret service & suffers from lung cancer; he has 2 young children.
"Many people are still strongly against the idea of retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is all about family, a majority of people believe stores should be closed on the day."

Phillip Dengler, – a website that tracks Black Friday sales. According to their survey, a record number of 60 retailers have already announced their stores (not their websites) will be closed on Thanksgiving, incl. Costco & Nordstrom.
“The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is out of committee. We’re considering it here on the floor. And we’ll be voting this week.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KS) speaking on Senate floor about expected full Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell has not set a date or time; the FBI investigation is expected to conclude by Friday, but also lacks a firm timeline.

"We just ran. There were no sirens, no warning. Just the shaking and the panic."

Nurdiyah Rasid who lived through a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia – a city of nearly 400,000 people; 1,200+ have died in the aftermath and that number continues to rise. An early warning system for tsunamis hasn't worked since 2012. Officials used text message and social media to try to warn residents but the location of the earthquake produced almost an immediate tidal surge.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announcing the company will now raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $15/hour and advocates raising the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour since 2009). The announcement comes on the same day a large service industry union will lead protests around the country advocating for higher pay; Amazon has been pressured to do the same.

Have a great day!

by Jenna Lee,